Carrier Oils by Skin Type + Comedogenic Ratings

Carrier oils are oils that are mostly derived from the nuts and seeds of plants.  They are not volatile like essential oils and have very little to no distinctive scents.  Carrier oils are used to dilute essential oils and carry them onto the body.  While they are great for the skin and provide many skin moisturizing and nurturing properties we must be careful in our selection of an oil, especially when it comes to the face.  Some oils are better for certain skin types than others.  If you have dry skin, you will want to select oils with a higher oleic acid content and if your skin is oils, your best bet to seek out more drying oils, those with a higher linoleic acid content.  Please see the charts below to match your skin type with the appropriate oil and to check the carrier oil comedogenic (pore clogging/acne producing) potential for that oil.


Carrier Oils by Skin Type


Skin Type

Carrier Oil

Normal Argan Oil, Hempseed, Camellia Oil, Coconut oil, Grapeseed, Sunflower, Sweet Almond
Oily Argan Oil, Grapeseed, Sweet Almond, Apricot Oil, Jojoba, Sunflower, Hempseed, Pumpkin Seed Oil, Castor Oil
Combination Avocado Oil, Camellia Oil, Sweet Almond, Olive Oil, Rosehips
Dry Jojoba Oil, Sesame seed, Sweet Almond, Apricot, Olive Oil
Mature Jojoba, Avocado, Apricot, Sesame seed, Rosehips, Pumpkin Seed Oil, Olive Oil
Sensitive Apricot, Sweet Almond, Jojoba, Sesame Seed


Comedogenic Ratings Chart

0 – Will Not Clog Pores 1 – Low 2 – Moderately Low 3 – Moderate     4 – Fairly High 5 – High

Carrier Oil Rating Carrier Oil Rating
Almond Oil 2 Mango Butter 0
Apricot Kernel Oil 2 Mineral Oil 0
Argan Oil 0 Mink Oil 3
Avocado Oil 2 Neem Oil 1
Baobab Oil 2 Olive Oil 2
Borage Oil 2 Palm Oil 4
Calendula Oil 1 Peach Kernel Oil 2
Camphor 2 Peanut Oil 2
Castor Oil 1 Petrolatum 0
Cocoa Butter 4 Pomegranate Oil 1
Coconut Butter 4 Pumpkin Seed Oil 2
Coconut Oil (from the meat or kernel) 4 Rosehip Oil 1
Corn Oil 3 Safflower Oil (not the cooking oil) 0
Cotton Seed Oil 3 Sandalwood Seed Oil 2
Emu Oil 1 Sea Buckthorn Oil 1
Evening Primrose Oil 2 Sesame Oil 2
Flax Seed Oil 4 Shea Butter 0
Grape Seed Oil 2 Soybean Oil 3
Hazelnut Oil 2 Sunflower Oil 2
Hemp Seed Oil 0 Tamanu Oil 2
Jojoba Oil 2 Wheat Germ Oil 5
Jojoba Oil Sulfated 3 Shark Liver Oil 3
Linseed Oil 4

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